Why are Software Engineers so important to Hong Kong?

on June 27, 2019


In recent years, the tech development of Asia has been flourishing. However, Hong Kong lags behind as cities like Singapore, Beijing, and Shenzhen race ahead.

To increase in competitiveness, tech development in Hong Kong has been accelerating these past few years, and the demand for software engineers keeps increasing.

So what is a software engineer?

The websites and mobile applications that we are used to seeing are all designed and developed by software engineers. There is a huge variety of software engineers, including front-end developers, back-end developers, full stack developers and mobile developers amongst others.

Why become a software engineer?

As the banking industry starts moving towards a digital paradigm, the investment banking, finance, and insurance sectors are hiring more software developers.The demand for software engineers has increased drastically.

Also, the Hong Kong government has invested HK$50 billion in this year’s budget for innovations and technology initiatives. She has set up the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited. This attracts many tech companies from overseas to develop their business in Hong Kong.

This has led to an increase in startups by 18% between 2017 and 2018, and the number of employees in the tech industry increased by 50%.

The salary of a software engineers is very attractive. Their starting salaries are in the range of HK$15000 to HK$18000 a month, and our Xccelerate graduates even earn HK$18000-22000. As skills and experience increase, salaries can go up to even HK$45000- HK$50000 per month.

How to become a software engineer?

As long as you’re able to write good code, it doesn’t matter if you have a university degree or not. So all you need is the right coding course and a lot of dedication to become a software engineer.

Xccelerate is now promoting the full time software engineering course. If you already have knowledge of some coding languages and would like to upgrade your skills, this is great as a head start!

The market demand keeps increasing. Want to stay competitive in the job market? Check out our courses and find the right skills for you.